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Manure Management on Wisconsin Farms
Research Reports No. 15, January 2006
by Alan Turnquist, Jeremy Foltz and Carol Roth

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Currently, an estimated 40% of the state’s rivers and 90% of the lakes are degraded by non-point source pollution, the primary source of which is considered to be agriculture. The deteriorating quality of Wisconsin’s ground and surface water has led to a growing public awareness of the effects of non-point source pollution on Wisconsin’s water quality. Because agriculture is a primary source of non-point pollution, the degradation of the state’s waters has also led to more stringent regulations that will affect manure management practices on many farms. This research report assesses the current state of manure management on Wisconsin dairy farms.